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ROBBIE FTOREK
KINGS HEAD COACH 1987-89

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Robbie Ftorek was named head coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 9, 1987, after Mike Murphy was relieved of his duties. He completed the 1987-88 campaign and 1988-89 season being removed as head coach after the Kings were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers in seven games. Ftorek posted a 65-56-11 mark in 132 games behind the bench.

A native of Needham, Mass., Ftorek was the club’s 15th head coach and their first U.S. born mentor.

Respected throughout hockey both as a player and a coach, Ftorek took over a team that had won just seven of their 28 games preceding his arrival and went on to play near .500 hockey the rest of the season, posting a record of 23-25-4 during the remaining 52 games in 1987-88. The following season, he led the club to a 42-31-7 mark, good for 91 points and a second-place finish in the Smythe Division.

As coach of the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate New Haven Nighthawks for two-and-a-half seasons prior to coming to Los Angeles, Ftorek was no stranger to the team’s players or management, having had an active role in the operation of the Kings’ training camps before taking his players on to New Haven.

Ftorek was named coach of the Nighthawks in 1985 immediately following his retirement as a player. Behind New Haven’s bench, the Nighthawks posted a record of 96-70-21 in 187 games, improving each season over the year previous. In 1987-88, before joining Los Angeles, the Nighthawks had a record 16-8-3 and were in a tie for first place in the AHL’s Northern Division at the time of Ftorek’s departure.

Ftorek, a member of the 1972 United States Olympic hockey team, enjoyed a professional playing career that spanned 13 seasons and included stints with Detroit, Quebec and New York Rangers in the NHL as well as Phoenix and Cincinnati of the World Hockey Association.

Turning pro in 1972, Ftorek was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Red Wings and spent two years in their organization before jumping to the rival WHA and the Phoenix Roadrunners where he was named to the league’s Second All-Star team in 1976 and won the MVP and First All-Star team honors in two years there, leading the league in assists with 77 in 1978-79.

Following the absorption of four WHA clubs into the National Hockey League in 1979, Ftorek was claimed by the Quebec Nordiques and became the first English-born captain in the team’s history. He spent two-plus seasons in Quebec before being traded to the New York Rangers, where he finished his playing career appearing in 334 NHL games and posting 77-150=227.

Ftorek was named a member of the United States Amateur Hockey Association’s All-Time Olympic Team.

Upon leaving the Kings, Ftorek served as a head coach in New Jersey (1998-00) and Boston (2001-03). In 443 NHL games, Ftorek has posted a winning percentage of .581 with a 229-157-44-13 (W-L-T-OTL) record. Ftorek also served as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils (1991-91 and 1996-98) and Quebec Nordiques (1990-91) at the NHL level and as a head coach in the AHL with Halifax (1989-90), Utica (1992-93) and Albany (1993-96 and 2003-06) where he was named AHL Coach of the Year in 1994-95 and 1995-1996.

In October 2007, he was named the head coach of the Erie Otters in the OHL.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1987-88
52
23
25
4
-
50
.480
5
1
4
1988-89
80
42
31
7
-
91
.569
11
4
7
TOTALS
132
65
56
11
-
141
.534
16
5
11